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Poster: Slewfoot_2012 Date: Nov 8, 2012 7:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: DVP #4 - 9-24-76 William & Mary

Perhaps I missed them, but I can't recall seeing any reviews of this yet. At first I was questioning why another 76 release was coming out before other years such as 69, 70, 80, etc. But after the first listen any questions are left far behind.

I really liked this show and had never heard it before. The energy is high and the band is in a good mood. Any show that features a Take a Step Back is a good one in my opinion. I didn't notice any duds and there are some truly exceptional moments. The pacing and tempo of most of the songs are spot on. The drums sound really great and you basically feel like you're right there with them. Phil's bass has an unusually aggressive tone and Jerry's sound is vibrant and spacey where it needs to be.

I'm not the biggest fan of the June/July 76 shows expect for a handful. The sound is generally a bit too slow and Baroque sounding for me. This show is much more raw and gutsy both in the recording and the performance. They even kept the full show intact by splicing in the AUD recording during the reel flips. Great to see GD and Rhino open to things like that.

All in all a stellar pick in my opinion. Can't wait for 11-17-73!

This post was modified by Slewfoot_2012 on 2012-11-09 03:16:54

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Poster: Slewfoot_2012 Date: Nov 10, 2012 7:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DVP #4 - 9-24-76 William & Mary

After listening to DVP #4 all week I decided to take the Chris Chappell Matrix of 4-15-78 also at William and Mary out for a spin. Wow! A scorcher. I forgot how high energy this show was with Jerry belting out the Half Step lyrics right from the get-go. Well worth listening if you haven't already.

This post was modified by Slewfoot_2012 on 2012-11-11 03:31:23

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Poster: Tidewater four ten O nine Date: Nov 8, 2012 11:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DVP #4 - 9-24-76 William & Mary

on the plus side:-

a soundboard show (with aud patches as pointed out by a fellow reviewer) that is not available here and, therefore, which we wouldn't otherwise get to know (apart from the aud).

on the negative side:-

although I'm a big (and getting bigger every day) Keith era fan, this is one of the least exciting shows I've heard for a while. Up there (more like "down there") with that 'Spring 1990' stuff (that's me being polite!).

I can only guess that they've justified their selection by giving us (well, us soundboard snobs) something that we wouldn't otherwise have i.e. perhaps they do listen to us ? I can't really think they've made their choice based on musical excitement.

The "Looks Like Rain" sounds good, with Donna in good voice and good tune but, the day most Dead Heads use "Looks Like Rain" as a measuring stick to gauge a Dead show, well that'll bs the day when the sky turns (was) yellow and the sun turns (was) blue.

Me, I'm a big (and getting bigger) LLR fan. Oh no, here come the men in white coats ........ I reckon Bob was too, 'cos he sang it quite a lot.

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Poster: mklsgl Date: Nov 9, 2012 11:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DVP #4 - 9-24-76 William & Mary

I say it's time to bust out that "just exactly perfect" Spectrum 4/6/82 show.

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Poster: Slewfoot_2012 Date: Nov 9, 2012 6:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DVP #4 - 9-24-76 William & Mary

You'd almost think we were listening to two different shows! :^) Perhaps it will grow on you. I personally am not the biggest fan of DVP #3, but it seems like some others like it. We'll all never agree 100% of the time.

Just to clarify though, David Lemieux actually mentioned they chose the show long before they even knew it wasn't previously released as a SBD. I highly doubt anyone in the GD organization would blatantly lie about such things.

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Poster: Tidewater four ten O nine Date: Nov 9, 2012 9:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DVP #4 - 9-24-76 William & Mary

Noted, acknowledged and respected.

Can't say fairer than that without sending money !!!!

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Nov 10, 2012 5:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wm and Mary LLR: "OH NO!"

I'm listening to my AUD copy of that show, and honest to gosh, right at the start of LLR you can hear someone in the audience say, "OH NO!"

Beautiful version, but that's too funny.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Nov 9, 2012 7:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DVP #4 - 9-24-76 William & Mary

I am not a LLR fan, but these Donna versions, at least seem to be relevant to the lyrics (i.e.. tasteful). So I found myself enjoying this !
Part of the appeal of 76 , is it's "mellowness" , sometimes they can build up a lather , but mostly it is a "cruisin' " year . I look for excitement elsewhere .I love the "Keith years" so I have been happy as a pig in shit, but I am surprised how much of it has come out in the las t few years . The next one is 73 ( a good one !), so already another Keith one . I would think next year might see some early-mid 80's show, and some pre-Keith stuff ( the promise returned tapes )?.

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Poster: cosmicharIie Date: Nov 8, 2012 8:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DVP #4 - 9-24-76 William & Mary

It has one of my all time favorite 2nd Set sequences. I listened yesterday and my face melted into a pool of sonic bliss - imo, better than 2/26/77

Help On The Way ->
Slipknot! ->
Drums ->
Slipknot! ->
Franklin's Tower ->
The Music Never Stopped ->
Stella Blue

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Nov 9, 2012 7:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DVP #4 - 9-24-76 William & Mary

I was also was wondering why there was little comment . I love 76, and I am really glad for another one from that year, especially one in which the SBD was MIA . That alone should be a big plus for Deadheads . Opinions vary on the ultimate value of the show . But if you like this era, you should be happy .
Yes " it is not as good as..." , but the big jams are really fine , I'm mot sure if it is among the top 5 show of the year, but I think we should be more happy about this .

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Poster: Smerdyakov Date: Nov 8, 2012 7:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DVP #4 - 9-24-76 William & Mary

Interesting how little enthusiasm this has generated here.

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Poster: deadhead53 Date: Nov 9, 2012 7:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DVP #4 - 9-24-76 William & Mary

I ordered it and I am pretty happy with it but I am also very fond of the 76 shows, I enjoy 76 a ton so the show appealed to me. The sound quality is very good and a great Help-Slip-Drums-Franklin's on it too! The might as well has some great Phil Bombs in it

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Poster: Slewfoot_2012 Date: Nov 8, 2012 7:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DVP #4 - 9-24-76 William & Mary

Agreed. Not sure if people here just didn't order it or what. I think they're missing out if that's the case as the show has good style and character.

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Nov 8, 2012 7:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DVP #4 - 9-24-76 William & Mary

HIP

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Nov 8, 2012 7:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DVP #4 - 9-24-76 William & Mary

HIP

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Nov 8, 2012 7:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DVP #4 - 9-24-76 William & Mary

HOORAY!

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Poster: wharfrat71 Date: Nov 9, 2012 7:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DVP #4 - 9-24-76 William & Mary

I love it! That Playin>Supplication>Playin...wow. Yeah, it's all good! No complaints here.